In Dover, Valentine's Day doesn't just happen on Feb. 14. The love starts spreading on Wednesday and will continue into the weekend.
This year, consider Valentine's Day to be one long four-day love fest, as events heat up Wednesday and continue through Saturday. There's something for everyone, from singles looking to mingle to couples and kids. There's even something for the hearts-and-roses haters, too.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 13
Valentine's Dinner Dance will be from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Modern Maturity Center. Tickets are $11 for those 60 and older, and $12 for those younger than 60. A buffet dinner will be served followed by dancing, with music by the Honeycombs. The event is open to the public. For information or tickets, stop by the Members Services Desk or call 734-1200, ext. 167.
Valentine's Day ballroom dancing by USA Dance Dover DE will be from 8 to 11 p.m. at the Camden-Wyoming Moose Lodge, 760 Moose Lodge Road, Camden. The cost is $10 per person for members, $12 for non-members. Learn the Rumba or the Waltz. For more information, call 734-8794 or visit www.usadancedoverde.com.
THURSDAY, FEB. 14
Valentine's Day Make and Take, hosted by the Kent County Public Library, 497 S. Red Haven Lane, Dover, 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Materials will be on hand to create personal valentines. Stop in any time during the day or stay after the regularly scheduled story time at 10 a.m. For more information, call (302) 698-6440.
Anti-Valentine's Day Party, hosted by the Golden Fleece Tavern, 132 W. Loockerman St., Dover, 9 p.m. Guests are encouraged to wear camouflage and hunter's orange to show their distaste for the holiday. No hearts allowed. $4 drink specials all night. For more information, call (302) 674-1776.
Valentine's Day Family Movie Night, hosted by the Harrington Public Library, 110 E. Center St., Harrington. Celebrate love with a classic Disney fairy tale and free popcorn and lemonade. Free and open to the public. For more information, call (302) 398-4647.
Valentine Dance Party, hosted by Cowboy Up Saloon, 1036 Lafferty Lane, Dover. Deejay Chris Tyre will keep the music blasting while couples learn some of the latest country dances. Dinner and drink specials will also be available. To make reservations, call (302) 264-9322.
Affordable Valentine's Day dinner at the Touchdown Restaurant, 1666 S. Dupont Highway, Dover. Try the jumbo shrimp stuffed with crab imperial or treat your sweetie to some peanut butter chocolate chip cheesecake. For more information, call (302) 674-0975.
SATURDAY, FEB. 16
"A Mid-Summer Night's Dream" reading will be start at 1:30 p.m. at Kent County Public Library, 497 S. Red Haven Lane, Dover. Continuing an eight-year tradition, Shakespeare lovers will celebrate Valentine's Day with dinner and a show. Participants are encouraged to take on a part and read "A Mid-Summer Night's Dream." Come read or enjoy the show. Gift certificates to a local restaurant will be provided after the show. Open to adults and students. Space is limited. Call 698-6440 to register.
Valentine Dance, hosted by ABATE of Kent County at the Marydel Fire Hall, 110 Firehouse Lane, Marydel, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The doors will open at 8 p.m. and XXPosure will perform. Open to the public. Must be 18 years old or older to attend. For more information, call (302) 632-0873.
Concert, hosted by the Dover Symphony at the Calvary Assembly of God, 1141 E. Lebanon Road, Dover, 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 to $20. Children 16 years old and younger can attend for free with a paying adult. The program has a romantic theme and includes familiar movie themes. The night will conclude with Ravel's most famous composition, "Bolero," which was specially adapted for a 1984 Olympic ice dancing pair from Britain. For more information or tickets, visit www.doversymphony.org.